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Adah Almutairi

Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, UC San Diego

Adah Almutairi is the Co-Director of the Center for Excellence in Nano-Medicine and Engineering (CNME). Researchers in the center are creating nanoparticles that promise new levels of precision in treating disease. They will be able to deliver drugs under highly specific conditions—when triggered by light or when they encounter a disease-related condition.

Adah Almutairi leads the Laboratory for Bioresponsive Materials, a highly interdisciplinary research group that combines materials chemistry with nanotechnology, and the Center of Excellence in Nanomedicine, a cross-campus collaborative that develops tools for the future of biology and medicine. She came to UC San Diego from UC Berkeley, where she worked with Professor Jean Fréchet to develop several nanoprobes for in vivo imaging. Prior to that, she completed her PhD in materials chemistry at UC Riverside on electron delocalization and molecular structure, which led her to develop a novel polymer for electromechanical actuation. Prof. Almutairi has won several awards and competitive funding throughout her career, including an NIH New Innovator Award. She has been invited to speak at universities and conferences around the world, from Harvard to Stockholm, Sweden, to Doha, Qatar, to Changchun, China.